Most people don’t know what the LSAT sections are. Finding out all about the LSAT and the different LSAT sections was the first thing I did when studying for the LSAT, so I knew how long to study for the LSAT and how to prepare. In this blog, I'll go in-depth into every LSAT section, my experience with each one, and my tips on how to approach them.


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What are the LSAT Sections? My Most Challenging LSAT Section: Logic Games My Easiest LSAT Section: Reading Comprehension The Middle Ground: Logical Reasoning Section LSAT Writing Section FAQs

What are the LSAT Sections?

There are three scored LSAT sections. Two sections are unscored – the “experimental” section; and the LSAT Writing Essay section that you complete separately from the three scored sections. The three LSAT sections you have to focus on are the scored sections, which are:

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension

My Most Challenging LSAT Section: Logic Games

Logic Games proved to be the most challenging section of the LSAT for me. When I encountered this section during my LSAT preparations, I felt like I was trying to solve a puzzle in a foreign language. I mainly struggled with the complexity of the setups for the different games and remaining focused amidst the time constraints. I found many of the games to be daunting and complicated to navigate, with each step forward requiring careful consideration to avoid a dead end.

My Experience with LSAT Logic Games

The Logic Games section of the LSAT was at times mentally draining for me. The main objective of this section of the LSAT is to be able to recognize patterns and the structure of a given game based on its rules, and to draw logical conclusions about that particular structure. Each series of scenarios had its own rules and conditions, requiring careful attention to detail. I was often left feeling overwhelmed when it came to setting up the initial diagrams and trying to interpret how the various elements interacted and how to represent them most effectively.

How I Prepared for LSAT Logic Games

To overcome this daunting feeling, I devoted many hours towards practicing. I started by familiarizing myself with different game types and strategies, breaking down the rules and identifying key inferences. Repetition was crucial; I tackled as many practice sets as I had the time for, gradually enhancing my speed and accuracy.

Looking back now, I would have dedicated more time towards my practice with breaking down the rules for different games, as that is essential for success with this section of the LSAT. Breaking down the rules ultimately helped me to recognize patterns within the game and as a result, I was also able to determine the type of game I was facing. This information was vital for my approach in tackling the questions most efficiently and effectively. Reviewing my mistakes was also essential for my success as it allowed me to identify my weaknesses and refine my approach. By test day, I felt as prepared as possible, armed with numerous techniques and strategies to tackle even the most challenging games.



My Easiest LSAT Section: Reading Comprehension

I found the Reading Comprehension section of the LSAT to be the easiest. While this section still had its challenges, it felt more instinctive to me compared to the Logic Games and Logical Reasoning sections of the LSAT.

Ultimately, I felt more at ease and familiar with this section of the LSAT given my background and experience with reading and analyzing complex texts. Throughout my undergraduate degree, I took courses that had exams and written assignments requiring me to dissect and extract crucial information from detailed passages. For instance, the exams often tested my knowledge of material from dense textbooks and for the written assignments, I had to reference a variety of primary and secondary sources to back up my arguments.

My Experience with LSAT Reading Comprehension

In the Reading Comprehension section of the LSAT, I encountered multiple passages covering a variety of topics, from law and science to humanities and social sciences. Despite these diverse subjects, the underlying task and objective of this section of the LSAT remained the same: to read, comprehend, and analyze the passage efficiently, and identify the relevant information from it. Despite the added pressure of time constraints, I was relieved by the straightforward nature of the questions, which typically followed the passage's logical flow. 

How I Prepared for LSAT Reading Comprehension

To prepare for the Reading Comprehension section of the LSAT, I focused mainly on improving my reading speed and comprehension skills. This was accomplished through consistent practice reading detailed, academic texts under timed conditions, ultimately helping me gain a thorough understanding of the text while also remaining efficient. Some of these texts were from textbooks that I had kept from my undergraduate business degree and various journal articles that I found online on topics that interested me.

Furthermore, implementing active reading techniques, such as highlighting key points and summarizing passages, aided in my retention of information and identification of important details. By exposing myself to a variety of passage types and question formats, I developed the flexibility needed to adapt to any challenges I would face on test day.

The Middle Ground: Logical Reasoning Section

The Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT proved to be a middle ground for me between the complexities of Logic Games and the familiarity of Reading Comprehension. Although this section struck a middle ground, it still presented its own set of challenges and rewards.

My Experience with LSAT Logical Reasoning

In the Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT, I encountered arguments in various forms, ranging from simple logical arguments to ones involving complex logical structures. The objective of this section of the LSAT is to properly examine, analyze, and critically evaluate the arguments presented in each question. As part of this objective, each question required me to critically evaluate the reasoning presented, identifying strengths, weaknesses, assumptions, and flaws. Although the large volume of information was often overwhelming to process, I appreciated the logical consistency underlying each argument.

How I Prepared for the LSAT Logical Reasoning Section

To successfully tackle the Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT, I focused on strengthening my critical thinking and analytical skills. I was able to accomplish this through consistent practice deconstructing arguments, identifying premises and conclusions, and assessing the soundness of the reasoning presented.

I assessed the strength of the arguments presented by first identifying the premises presented and evaluating both their relevance and accuracy. I would then analyze the logical relationships between the premises and the conclusion, to determine whether there were any gaps or assumptions being made. Finally, to assess the argument’s validity, I would consider counterarguments and alternative interpretations. The process of effectively deconstructing and evaluating arguments. involved careful attention to detail, active engagement with the text, and knowledge of logical principles. In the end, I became better equipped to navigate the nuances of this section of the LSAT, by familiarizing myself with common argumentative structures and logical fallacies. Practice tests also played a crucial role in enhancing my speed and accuracy, allowing me to refine my approach and develop strategies for managing my time most effectively.

LSAT Writing Section

I enjoyed completing the writing sample section at the end of the LSAT, as it provided me an opportunity to put my persuasive writing skills to use – a nice change from the multiple-choice format of the preceding sections of the test.

To prepare for this section of the LSAT, I dedicated time towards practicing with writing sample prompts from practice tests under timed conditions. This allowed me to familiarize myself with the general format of the writing sample prompt I would face on the actual test and practice composing coherent arguments within the time constraints.

Furthermore, I strengthened my ability to analyze complex scenarios, identify key issues, craft persuasive arguments and counterarguments, and draw compelling conclusions. The ultimate objective of the writing sample section of the LSAT is to assess your ability to convey a logical argument, critically analyze information, and effectively communicate through writing, which are all vital skills for success in law school and the legal profession as a whole.

FAQs

1. What are the LSAT sections?

The three main and scored LSAT sections are Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension. You must also complete the LSAT Writing Essay section, but it is unscored and has no effect on your ultimate LSAT score.

2. What is the “experimental” LSAT section?

The “experimental” LSAT section is included in your LSAT as a way to test new questions, scenarios, puzzles and answer choices. This section is not scored, but since the experimental section is simply a repeat of one of the other LSAT sections, it will be hard to notice or identify.

3. What is the LSAT Writing section like?

The LSAT Writing Essay is a timed, but unscored LSAT section that you can complete at home. You will be given a set of countering opinions that you must either dispute or agree with. You want to write in a coherent, disciplined manner with structure, concrete examples, and a good narrative flow.

4. What is the hardest LSAT section?

The Analytical Reasoning or Logic Games LSAT section is often cited by most test-takers as the section that is most difficult to prepare for, and the most difficult to write during the test.

5. What is the easiest LSAT section?

Each of the LSAT sections are designed to be difficult for everyone, regardless of your background and education level so there is no “easy” section.

6. How can I prepare for the LSAT?

To prepare for the actual test, you can take diagnostic tests (timed and untimed), use a free or paid LSAT prep course, or hire a LSAT tutor that can give you personalized advice, and identify the areas who you need to improve.

7. How long does the LSAT take?

You have 35 minutes to complete each of the sections, including the experimental and LSAT Writing essay. In total, the test usually takes anywhere between 3 ½ hours to 3 hours and 45 minutes.

8. Do I need to take the LSAT?

There are some law schools that don't require the LSAT. If you don’t take the LSAT, you will still have to take another graduate-level standardized test, such as the GRE or GMAT. The LSAT is difficult but not impossible.

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Your friends at BeMo

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